Ospina handed nod for Wembley

21 February 2018 10:03:40 EST

David Ospina will start in goal for Arsenal in the League Cup final at the weekend, as manager Arsene Wenger has decided to stick to his agreed selection policy.

The 29-year-old Colombia international has been preferred to Petr Cech in the competition so far, with Ospina getting a chance to prepare thoroughly for the occasion by starting in the home second leg of the Europa League last-32 tie against Ostersunds on Thursday evening.

I have two world-class goalkeepers and I decided to have clarity in the games they play.

Arsene Wenger

With the Gunners holding a 3-0 lead going into the action at the Emirates Stadium, Wenger confirmed the selection of Ospina for both that game and Sunday's Wembley showdown with Manchester City.

He told reporters: "They are always difficult decisions, but we have been clear since the start of the season that he plays in the whole competition.

"I have two world-class goalkeepers and I decided to have clarity in the games they play and we maintain that."

Arsenal are 13/5 to lift the League Cup on Sunday, with both teams to score 8/15 and a 2-1 Gunners victory in 90 minutes 16/1.

Wenger also revealed that Mesut Ozil will miss out on Thursday due to illness, but is expected to be okay for the weekend, while fellow midfielder Aaron Ramsey has an outside chance of facing the Citizens as he battles a hamstring problem.

"We'll see how his evolution goes from now until Sunday, I don't rule him out yet, it depends how well he improves," Wenger added.

Meanwhile, for the clash with Ostersunds, striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameynag is ineligible, but fellow January recruit Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to feature due to the unavailability of Ozil.

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